Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Phil Squod has had ___________.

2. Mr. Jarndyce's small room off his bedroom is called ___________.

3. Jarndyce and Jarndyce is the ___________.

4. Jo's money was given to him by a female servant who ___________.

5. What des Mrs. Snagsby suspect about Jo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the general scene in the Chancery hearings on the Jarndyce suit, and London, as it is set by Dickens in the first chapter. Is there anything attractive or alluring about the ambience of either?

2. What is discovered at Krook's that may change the course of the Jarndyce suit, and how does it affect the main characters?

3. Discuss Dickens' opinion of Nemo's good Christian burial. Is his attitude positive?

4. It seems curious that Dickens' characters tend to go to certain places for no apparent reason, such as Jarndyce agreeing to visit Neckett's place. In any case, a curious theme that seems to resurface is the neglect of children. Discuss your ideas about why Dickens continues to bring up this theme.

5. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?

6. What is Mrs. Snagsby's problem? What is comical about her behavior at the "improvement" of Jo?

7. How did Gerge get so embroiled in the plot of this story? What is his role?

8. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?

9. What is interesting about Smallweed demanding money for the letters he once had in his possession?

10. How could Esther feel responsible for Mr. Boythorn's sadness? In addition, what does this imply about Esther?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dickens' writing style in Bleak House often resembles or illustrates his subject matter. Discuss this idea, and if you agree that this is the author's intent, provide examples.. Does this literary device help to drive home Dickens' points? Is there a name for this method? Give examples and quotes that illustrate how Dickens' writing mimics his subject matter.

Essay Topic 2

At one point in Bleak House, Richard Carstone intends to be an MRCS, or "Member of the Royal College of Surgeons." Research this institution and determine whether it still exists and its current status.

Essay Topic 3

The gap between the rich and poor seems extremely wide in Bleak House. Write an essay, using the story and its characters, that compares and contrasts the poorest with the wealthiest. Also, try to determine where Dickens' sympathy lay when he wrote Bleak House.

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